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Hearns was stopped at Bridge Street, Cavan, on February 8, and his breath reading was 53mg/100ml.
He was given a concurrent three-month terms and 15-year disqualification for driving while disqualified on the same occasion. Charges of having no insurance and driving license were proven but taken into account.
(Source: The Anglo Celt)


Gardaí investigating the murder six years ago of North Clare woman Emer O’Loughlin have said that an appeal on RTÉ’s CrimeCall last Tuesday night has generated “some very interesting calls”.

Ms O’Loughlin’s charred remains were found in a burned-out mobile home at Ballybornagh, Tubber on April 8, 2005. The 23-year-old’s death was immediately treated as suspicious but a post mortem examination at the time did not indicate how she had died. Last year, Emer’s body was exhumed and a new post mortem revealed she had died violently. For operational reasons, however, gardaí did not release the specific details.

Last week, gardaí in Gort launched a fresh appeal for information in the case. They also announced Crimestoppers has offered a “substantial” cash reward for information on the present whereabouts of John Griffin, the owner of the mobile home in which Emer’s body was found. Mr Griffin, formerly of Cardinal Cushing Road, Mervue, Galway, was last seen on the Aran Islands on April 20, 2005 where, it is believed, he attempted to fake his own death.

“At that time, he left a pile of his clothes neatly folded on a cliff edge to give the impression that he had died. I believe, however, he is alive and living somewhere in mainland Europe under an assumed name,” said Superintendent Pat Murray.

“As a result of the investigations that have been carried out both in 2005 and since the exhumation of Emer’s body, I believe that John Griffin, who is originally from the Mervue area of Galway City and owned the mobile home where Emer’s remains were found, may have information that will assist in the investigation of Emer’s death and I am most anxious to speak to him.”

“I am appealing to anyone who knows of John Griffin’s whereabouts or has any other information which may be helpful, to contact us in complete confidence. I can also assure anyone who has information that their anonymity will be guaranteed if they so wish,” he continued.

Superintendent Murray explained why gardaí are particularly appealing to friends and family of Mr Griffin to come forward with any information they have.

“John Griffin was a family-orientated person. He has a large family. He is close to some of them. I believe he may still be in contact with them and they know where he is. I am now asking people to consider the substantial reward that is on offer. For friends, acquaintances and family members of John Griffin, it is almost seven years now since the crime was committed and things may have changed from their perspective in relation to John and the length of time that has developed.
(Source: The Clare Champion)



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The jury in a sexual assault trial was sent home last Wednesday evening after failing to reach a verdict at Cork Circuit Criminal Court.

The eight men and four women of the jury deliberated for over two and a half hours after lunch last week, yet could not reach a decision. They were sent home by Judge Rory McCabe to appear again last Thursday at 10.30am.

Dr John Tait (60), of Glen House, Upper Rochestown, pleaded not guilty last week to a charge of sexual assault on a twenty year old dental nurse in a surgery at 6 St Patrick’s Terrace, Douglas.

On the opening day of the trial, the woman said that during an examination by Dr Tait, “he had his hands on my jaw. He came down with his fingers on my sternum between my breasts”.

Following this, the nurse claimed that Dr Tait had asked her to remove her bra. She was wearing a vest and tunic. “He asked me could he zip it down a bit and I said ‘yes’.” She said that during this time Dr Tait was taking notes.

“He lifted my vest up to here (around her neck). My whole breasts were exposed. I think it was like that for a minute,” she told the court. The examination took place without the presence of a chaperone or assistant in the room, something that Dr Tait acknowledged in court as an oversight on his part.